Edana Beauvais

McGill University

Department of Political Science
Start: 2017
Finish: 2019
Supervisor: Dietlind Stolle
Email: edana.beauvais@gmail.com

prev awards
SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (September 2017-August 2019); UBC Arts Graduate Student Research Award (2015); Stankiewicz Prize Award ("Best political theory paper"), Department of Political Science, UBC (2014); Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship for tuition at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (July-August 2014); SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (September 2012-2016); UBC Four-Year-Fellowship (September 2010-2012); UBC Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology (ISIT) Research Funding Grant (2013); UBC Doctoral Research Fund (2013).

Edana Beauvais's postdoctoral research considers the democratic potential of everyday talk, focusing on the question of when talking contributes to cross-cutting social ties. Edana wrote her dissertation, Discursive Equality, under the supervision of Mark Warren at the University of British Columbia (defended July 2017). Her dissertation looks at the democratic potential of everyday talk and political deliberation, and the problem of when power asymmetries exclude disempowered social group members from participating in/influencing talk. Focusing on gender, Edana considers the problem of when formal structural inequalities (for instance, legal prohibitions, material inequalities) prevent women from participating in political talk, as well as when inequality structures social cognition (for instance, through gender stereotypes and gendered variation in self-worth) to produce gendered asymmetries in discursive participation. Edana backs her theoretical claims with two empirical chapters. First, using data from the CES 2015, Edana shows that there is an ongoing gender gap with respect to participation in group deliberation. Second, using data from a novel survey experiment, Edana shows that even when women are nominally included in talk, they have less influence than men. Edana's other research projects include studying a citizens' assembly on municipal planning (with Mark Warren), as well as a study on student participation in university tutorials (with Sule Yaylací).

PhD in Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2017); Master in Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2011); Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Sociology, University of Toronto, Toronto (2008); Edana has also taken methods courses at Simon Fraser University (2015) and the Inter-Consortium for Political and Social Research (2014).